Kansas may launch sports betting earlier than expected in order to capitalize on the upcoming NFL season, with a “go-live” date possibly announced this week.
According to BetKansas, the Sunflower State is moving quickly to launch in time for the start of this year’s pro football season in September.
If a pre-season launch is not possible, the Midwestern state will look to go live early in the 2022/23 NFL season, which begins on September 8, according to BetKansas.
Former Michigan State Representative and current Head of Government Affairs at Sportradar Brant Iden predicts an autumn launch for the Sunflower State’s sports betting market.
“I am confident that bets will be taken well before the legislatively mandated date of January 1, 2023,” Iden said, according to BetKansas.
Furthermore, Todd Allen, Director of Wagering for the Kansas Racing & Gaming Commission (KRGC), stated that the state now has a “good foundation of sports betting regulations.”
This would be consistent with recent developments. DraftKings, for example, launched a series of welcome bonuses for Kansas bettors earlier this month.
Christopher Boan, Lead Analyst for BetKansas.com, cited Arizona as an example, predicting a 9 October launch date “tentatively.”
“Using Arizona’s launch as a model, the Grand Canyon State went through the same process last summer to green light their sports betting legislation in time for the NFL season,” said Boan.
“Based on the 147-day period between the bill’s signing and the actual launch of wagering in Arizona, we would tentatively anticipate a 9 October 2022 launch in Kansas.”
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed the bill legalizing sports betting into law in May, after legislators approved it in late April.